The polar bear population in Canada’s western Hudson Bay has dropped by 27% in just five years, a report has said.
A government report estimates that 618 animals lived in the area last year, down from 842 in 2016.
It says adult female bears and cubs are particularly affected and that climate change may be a factor in the decline.
The Arctic is now warming faster than the rest of the world, and the sea ice on which bears depend for seal hunting forms later and melts sooner each year.
By 2050, conservation scientists now say, the length of the season during which there is no ice could push bears to the point of starvation.
Manager’s Office Team